05 July 2018

Skincare for the Seasons: Summer Edition

Do you change your skincare with the seasons? You probably should. Depending on the weather (hot, cold, humid, dry) your skin could require different treatment. For example, once the warmer weather came I had to immediately remove the oil from my routine. It's not that oil is bad for everyone in the summer, but for MY skin it was just too much. So, I replaced it with an equally as moisturizing serum. I also changed up my toner/mist for a more calming formula, because in the heat and humidity, I often find myself struggling with red, irritated skin.

I've created a master list of some of my favourite skincare products right now. Check out my Summer must-haves below!

Cleanser -
Beautycounter Nourishing Cream Cleanser
Year-round this is my absolute favourite cleanser. It is moisturizing, doesn't strip my skin of it's natural oils and removes even the most stubborn waterproof mascara. When I find I am more breakout prone, I add a few drops of tea tree oil to this cleanser and massage it into my face and let it sit for 2-3 minutes before rinsing in luke warm water. I haven't switched from this product since first trying it almost a year ago.

Toner -
Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Toner
Many of you already know (from my Instagram) that my FAVOURITE brand of Canadian skincare products just opened a storefront in Toronto. I was so excited that I spent my entire lunch hour the first time I went! I was determined to find the PERFECT toner for summer. Turns out there are two... All winter I was using the Beautycounter No.3 Balancing Facial Mist, which was great for my acne and redness but it wasn't as hydrating as I wanted. So when Rocky Mountain Soap Co. opened the other day I went and tried all of the toners to find one that would hydrate my skin after a long day in the sun. I settled on the Aloe and Frankincense (Hydrating) Toner for the evening (you can never have too much moisture at night!), and the Lavender and Arnica (Calming) Toner for morning. That's right, I bought both. I think toner is really important, as it restores you skins natural pH after cleansing, so making sure you choose the right toner is key to a well-rounded skin routine. In this case, I needed both! xo

Serum -
Beautycounter Rejuvenating Radiance Serum
This was one of the biggest changes I had to make. Oils and serums aren't cheap so making the switch was hard for me to justify. But once I bit the bullet, I didn't look back. This serum could be used alongside an oil in the harsh winter months, but for summer, on it's own it's doing just fine. With it's unique combination of vitamin c, fruit extracts, algae and jambu extract, it works quickly to even my skintone, fight wrinkles and restore moisture.

Day Cream -
Beautycounter Nourishing Day Cream
Another product I didn't switch up, and the reason is because my skin is so oily. This is really the only moisturizer I trust to not make me look slick by the time I get to work. But it also doesn't dry out my skin, or cause it to break out. It's the perfect base under my mineral makeup and oddly enough is jam packed with so many nourishing oils. It's also got soothing aloe in it which reduces redness for flawless skin all day!

Night Cream -
Beautycounter Rejuvenating Night Cream
I found the Nourishing Night Cream perfect for the winter, but for summer I wanted something to fight the free radicals and sun exposure I was being subjected to most days. The sun in Toronto can fool you; Even on cloudy days you're exposed to harmful rays (so always wear sunscreen) so I really needed something to fight the aging effects of the sun. This cream has been life changing. I wake up looking so refreshed, my skin looks calm and feels SO hydrated. I also use the Rejuvenating Eye Cream with this at night.

Spot Treatment -
Divine Essence Organic Tea Tree Oil
Knock on wood, but I haven't needed too much spot treatment lately. I have been eating really clean, drinking lots of water and smothering myself with SPF (sun exposure causes me to breakout). But when I do need a little spot treatment, I soak a QTip in organic tea tree oil and then dab it on the problem spot. It's usually dried up by morning.
Note: Careful not to oversoak the QTip! You don't want the tea tree oil to drip off the pimple. It is quite harsh and will dry out non-problematic skin and will cause irritation.

Sunscreen (face) -
Supergoop! Invincible Setting Powder (SPF 45)
For years I looked and looked for a powder sunscreen. Am I the only person who breaks out from liquid sunscreen? Maybe because it is so thick, but I was not happy with any that I tried. And foundation with SPF did the same. This year I discovered the Supergoop! Invincible Setting Powder with SPF 45 and haven't had any issues with my skin. I use it daily -- and touch up frequently when I am exposed to the sun for long periods of time -- as a face/decolletage sunscreen and setting powder. I also brush it onto the part of my hair to avoid burning my scalp. What I love best? I can buy refills so the cost is cut down significantly when I need to replace it!


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